Margaret and Peter Brooker (left) with sharemilkers Chris and Stacey Hatfield and their young family.

Making the most of a challenging climate

Once-a-day milking takes pressure off animals, farm and people, Anne Hardie reports. A priority on Peter and Margaret Brooker’s Maruia farm is good animal welfare management which results in less pressure on the environment. That is why some of their pasture is more than 40 years old and still performing well, they have less runoff around the yard and less …

New generation beef

Making better use of the under-utilised resource of bobby calves is the subject of a Massey University research project. Jackie Harrigan reports. Growing bobby calves to one-year of age as New Generation Beef has the potential to add value for both dairy and beef farmers through the meat production industry. Surplus calves from the dairy industry represent an under-utilised resource …

Five vie for Fonterra board

Five candidates are facing off for three positions on the board of New Zealand’s biggest company. Anne Lee reports. Fonterra’s China strategy, balance sheet and business performance are all top of the agenda for the five candidates vying for the three positions on the co-operative’s board this year. With two of three sitting directors up for re-election by rotation – …

Celebrating: left to right, Fertco directors, Dr Brent Wheeler, Ken Titchener and Ross Karl.

Environmental focus for 20 years

Sheryl Brown Fertco is celebrating 20 years of leading the way with eco-friendly and innovative fertiliser products that are suited to the growing environmental demands on farmers. The Mount Maunganui company was established by Waikato farmers in 1999 because they wanted a broader range of fertilisers that were more ecologically sound, chief executive Warwick Voyce says. “That was during a …